Tiger Woods' final round at British Open | The Open Championship

Tiger Woods in the hunt and loving it at The Open

Tiger Woods' final round at British Open | The Open Championship

He's back, baby. In both ways Tiger Woods blew away the crowds, and Twitter, on Sunday at the Open Championship with the incredible bunker shot shown above and an overall "spectacular" day up to that moment.

It caps a stunning stretch for the 15th-ranked Molinari, who has won on the PGA and European Tours in the previous two months.

Woods got to be in contention on a Sunday by firing a 5-under 66 on Saturday, a score that was his best weekend round at a major since 2010.

Feeding off the electrifying atmosphere, Woods sent a laser-guided second shot to the 10th that left him a tap-in birdie, then at the 11th he rolled a 95-foot eagle putt to five feet and tapped home to gain another shot.

Woods birdied two of his first six holes to get to 7-under-par, a shot behind Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele.

Briefly, Woods was even tied for the lead, which hadn't happened at a major since 2012.

But he's Tiger Woods, and it felt like that again to thousands of fans who crammed along the fairways and beind the greens as Woods ran off three straight birdies around the turn and then two-putted for birdie on the par-5 14th to work his way into a tie for the lead, even if that lasted for only 20 minutes.

Woods played his "one bad swing" at the 18th, but lady luck intervened to keep his ball out of Barry Burn and in thick rough that at least gave him a shot.

McIlroy, meanwhile, was within one shot until a long three-putt from just off the 12th green.

Marc Leishman found himself nine strokes off the pace despite also shooting a third-round 69, while Jason Day is 10 back after a disappointing 72.

As he finished and walked off the green at No. 18, playing his third major this season after missing eight in a row, the man who has won 14 major titles but none since 2008 looked absolutely younger than his 42.

T2. Kevin Kisner (-6): The putter that propelled him to the top of the leaderboard and put him in position to win after 54 holes finally cooled off on Sunday. It's the closest he's been to the lead in a major championship since he was two back at Muirfield in 2013. He pitched from there but left it about 30 feet short, and at that point his electric comeback appeared to be all but over...but then he rammed it in to cut his deficit to one momentarily.

It took some of that scrapping from the 29-year-old to avoid a stinker of a start.

"I don't know what I want, a lot of wind maybe to get it trickier, but I'm just going to have to find that great round of golf".

Woods made another bogey after a wayward drive at the hard 12 to fall two back, setting up an nearly must-eagle scenario at the gettable par-5 14 if he was to have a realistic chance to win.

One wayward swing - Kisner's second on the 18th - made the weekend possibilities at Carnoustie pretty insane. "We're not there yet, let me try and get there first".

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